Admissions for the 2018-2019 school year will open March 23 - April 13, 2018.


The Science and Nature Program enhances children's understanding and respect for the natural world, as well as teaches the initial skills of scientific inquiry. This program, offering weekday classes during the school year, is designed to educate children ages 3 through 11 and their parents about the wonders of the Museum. Rooted in the premise that young children attain deeper levels of understanding when significant adults in their lives are involved, the Program requires that each child be accompanied in class by a parent or grandparent.


The staff of experienced science educators works with Museum scientists and specialists to create age-appropriate curricular themes that reflect the Museum's disciplines, including life sciences, earth and planetary sciences, anthropology, and paleontology. The Program's classrooms provide stimulating environments that contain artifacts and specimens from the Museum's collections, live animal habitats, a children's science library, scientific tools, and educational materials for hands-on investigation. These classrooms serve as "base camps" for in-depth studies and guided "safaris" to destinations in the Museum such as the Hall of Biodiversity and the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Excursions to special exhibitions, such as The Butterfly Conservatory and Dinosaurs Among Us, are also part of the Program.

In addition, The Science and Nature Program works with early childhood educators to help them strengthen their science curriculum through professional development programs. Ongoing partnerships have been created with public and independent schools and community organizations, including day care and their Head Start programs. Teachers, parents, and children from these collaborating organizations participate in The Science and Nature Program's workshops and guided class visits to the Museum.


Applying to The Science and Nature Program

The Science and Nature Program 2018-2019 Class Schedule


For more information about other class offerings affiliated with the Science and Nature Program, please see Early Adventures Program, Adventures in Science, and Gateway Storytime in the Discovery Room.



Children and Family Learning at the American Museum of Natural History provides exciting science learning opportunities for young children and families through OLogy, the Discovery Room, The Science and Nature Program, and Public Programs.

Support for Early Childhood and Family Learning has been provided by Shaiza Rizavi and Jonathan Friedland, the Filomen M. D'Agostino Foundation, an anonymous donor, Josefin and Paul Hilal, Kimberly Kravis and Jonathan Schulhof, Mr. and Mrs. K. Meister, Beth Kobliner Shaw and David E. Shaw, Sharmila and Ravi Sinha.

Additional funding has been provided by Mr. and Mrs. Jason Ader, Cecilia and Uzi Benabraham, Mr. and Mrs. Carl C. Icahn, Amy and John Jacobsson, Michael and Marjorie Loeb, Valerie and Wright Ohrstrom, Mr. and Mrs. Max von Zuben.